by Sandra Yaegle, Education Librarian
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators
This website is a great first stop for all things pertaining to teaching and learning in the elementary or secondary classroom. The focus is on curriculum development and professional growth. This Guide for Educators uses an extensive, categorized list of subjects to link the user to a plethora of recommended sites. It had received several awards in recognition of its service as an excellent index and gateway to resources.
Written by Jon Ritterbush, Associate Librarian
Looking for ways to foster greater interaction and collaboration in your classes? Web 2.0 technologies such as social bookmarking, blogs and wikis have introduced new venues for online instruction. Educators now have their own social networking websites from which they can exchange materials and methodologies.
Classroom20.com is a social network of over 14,000 educators. Participants can exchange bookmarks, read and post software or website reviews, and participate in a myriad of online forums by subject discipline or technology. Although many of the participants at Classroom20.com are K-12 educators, college-level instructors can discover new methods for using Web 2.0 in their own classes. A similar, though smaller social network of college and university instructors has been started at college2.ning.com.
MERLOT, the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, is a searchable collection of peer reviewed materials for online higher education. The strategic goals of the site are to “improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by increasing the quantity and quality of peer reviewed online learning materials that can be easily incorporated into faculty designed courses.”